“Black Panther” star Danai Gurua talked women’s empowerment at the UN on International Women’s Day.
“I think what resonates a great deal about Wakanda, was it brought a world that — go figure — women and men work shoulder to shoulder, and their abilities are equally valued in a society. And that, I think, it brought so much response and attention because it is astounding that we’re not there yet.” Gurua explained. “Everything I write is about trying to give voice to those who have been denied a platform to just be heard and be seen in their full humanity.”
She also acknowledged privilege and paying it forward, statinh, “In Liberia when I sat in the presence of women and girls who had gone through things that I couldn’t even begin to imagine, and they sat with me and wanted to share their stories. They would tell me — firstly, there was never anyone who wasn’t willing to be heard, they all wanted to be heard. And secondly, they all almost entirely all of them in fact, said to me, no one had ever asked. That really got me, and at the time, I was an extremely broke playwright. But now I’m in a different position, so I have to go back. And I have to meet those girls again, face to face.”